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Starkville standout A.J. Brown talks about winning a state title and playing for state pride.

Fresh off of a 6A state title, Starkville High School wide out A.J. Brown is looking for another big win. As one of the top offensive standouts for the Mississippi All-Stars, Brown is expected to be a big factor in Saturday's annual border war for bragging rights.

Last weekend, Brown exploded in the biggest game of his young life. With a win over Petal for all of the marbles, the four star receiver achieved one of his biggest goals as a high school athlete.

"It's a crazy feeling, It still hasn't really hit me yet," Brown said with a smile. "I am just blessed to be a state champion. It was hard. It was hard the whole season."

Brown's freshman year, Starkville won a state championship with Mississippi State wide out Gabe Myles calling the cadence under center. While Brown is the state's top offensive threat for 2015, in 2012 he was simply a face in the crowd.

"I wasn't even really thinking about football then," Brown said. "I wasn't even playing then. I had stopped playing football my eighth and ninth grade year. I started to go back out my ninth grade year. I didn't and then they won the state championship.

"I thought then that I could have been a part of that. Now I was able to work hard and be a part of another win."

Now set to take on the All-Stars from Alabama, Brown is trying to do something big for his home state.

"All of this means a lot," Brown said. "We have a chance to come out here and represent our home state against them. They have some really talented guys. It means a lot to be here to play with all of this talent and then play against those guys. It's a really good experience."

Brown has enjoyed his week and is hopeful that his team can go out and earn a win in the series and bring the seven game losing streak to a close.

"It would mean everything to Mississippi," Brown said. "I am just trying to go out and have fun this weekend. It would be good to get that win though."

While many of his peers have set up their official visit schedule, Brown is still considering his options.

"I don't have anything set up right now," Brown explained. "I am not even sure who I want to visit. This next week coming up, I am going to release it, I think."

The state's top wideout will be busy once he gets home from Hattiesburg. Coaches from Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all expected in the Brown home on Sunday. Some careful scheduling has had to take place to prevent some awkward moments.

"Mississippi State and Ole Miss came by last Sunday," Brown said. "It was kind of funny, because I was trying to get Mississippi State out of the house before Ole Miss came. They almost ran into each other. I had a great visit with both of them. We'll just have to see how the rest of it goes."

Brown denies an overall leader and plans to announce his final decision on National Signing Day.

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